My FAVORITE CHINESE Historical Dramas!

Historical CDramas! Here's a list of the ones I've watched and fallen in love with! Anything I've rated 7.5 or above ^_^ Keep in mind... I like complicated characters and storylines... which usually means I like to be tortured through a drama and end up loving a LOT of dramas with tragic endings LOL

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  • The Story of Ming Lan

    1. The Story of Ming Lan

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 78 episodes

    10

    Slice of Life and currently my favorite historical drama of all time. #HEA I've watched this all the way through several times and still find new reasons to love it each time! 

  • The Double

    2. The Double

    Chinese Drama - 2024, 40 episodes

    10

    GREAT FL, ML, Revenge, Chemistry, etc! LOVE it.

    Don't forget to watch the BONUS VID after! ^_^

  • The Sword and the Brocade

    3. The Sword and the Brocade

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 45 episodes

    9.5

    probably one of my favorite costume dramas! ?

  • Love Like the Galaxy: Part 1

    4. Love Like the Galaxy: Part 1

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 27 episodes

    10

    can already tell that pt1 and pt 2 of this drama will be a FAV of mine for a LONG TIME! :)

  • Love Like the Galaxy: Part 2

    5. Love Like the Galaxy: Part 2

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 29 episodes

    9.5

    loved this so much except didn't love the last few episodes as much as I would have liked to.

  • Story of Yanxi Palace

    6. Story of Yanxi Palace

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 70 episodes

    9.5

    Classic!  If you love great FLs., political intrigue, harem shenanigans and so on... this one is for you. My only gripe is the last 2-4 episodes. I skip them every time and feel like they could have been entirely left off and the drama wrapped up just before the unnecessary "time skip" ?

  • A Dream of Splendor

    7. A Dream of Splendor

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 40 episodes

    9.5

    VERY good drama!!

  • Blossoms in Adversity

    8. Blossoms in Adversity

    Chinese Drama - 2024, 40 episodes

    10
  • Rookie Agent Rouge

    9. Rookie Agent Rouge

    Chinese Drama - 2016, 45 episodes

    9.5

    1930s. Spies. Not my usual thing and not much romance at ALL, which is usually a turn-off for me, but this show breaks all my rules and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I've rewatched this one several times already and I still keep coming back. 

  • Love and Destiny

    10. Love and Destiny

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 60 episodes

    10

    really love this one. Some of the ending parts make me a bit salty, but I still love it. I lurve NiNi though, so...

  • The Rise of Phoenixes

    11. The Rise of Phoenixes

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 70 episodes

    10

    Fabulous historical drama. #Tragedy

  • Story of Kunning Palace

    12. Story of Kunning Palace

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 38 episodes

    9.0
  • Sound of the Desert

    13. Sound of the Desert

    Chinese Drama - 2014, 35 episodes

    9.0

    fabulous chemistry and so well done. I've rewatched this one twice now.

  • Princess Agents

    14. Princess Agents

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 67 episodes

    9.5

    This is one of the most kick ass historical dramas I've ever seen with one of the best written FL's ever. That one revenge episode alone was worth watching this entire drama. She was BADASS! However... I didn't love the turn it took in the end and HATE that it ended on the biggest cliffhanger of all cliffhangers with no new season in sight. 

    #CliffhangerFromHell #StillWatchedItTwiceThough

  • The Flame's Daughter

    15. The Flame's Daughter

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 52 episodes

    9.0

    I... umm ... rewatch this one a LOT. I have no idea why. I can't look away from this drama for some weird reason.

  • The Romance of Tiger and Rose

    16. The Romance of Tiger and Rose

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 24 episodes

    10

    one of the ONLY romcoms you'll see on my FAV historicals list. This one is SOOOO worthy of a watch & 10 stars! ^_^

  • Nirvana in Fire

    17. Nirvana in Fire

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 54 episodes

    9.5

    Not my usual style but it's so beautifully done, I can't help but love it. Romance is nearly nonexistent. 

  • Legend of the Phoenix

    18. Legend of the Phoenix

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 41 episodes

    9.0

    beautifully done. This one was a pleasant surprise for me.

  • Eternal Love of Dream

    19. Eternal Love of Dream

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 56 episodes

    9.5
  • Legend of Yun Xi

    20. Legend of Yun Xi

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 48 episodes

    8.0

    enjoyed this one.. 2nd time I watched, not quite as enjoyable/re-watchable though 

  • The Rebel Princess

    21. The Rebel Princess

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 68 episodes

    9.0

    I love this one for some reason. I re-watch episodes often and ADORE the FL's wardrobe!

  • Secret of Three Kingdoms

    22. Secret of Three Kingdoms

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 54 episodes

    9.0

    Also not my usual style, especially with the "romance" part in this drama, but beautifully done. #HEA

  • The Song of Glory

    23. The Song of Glory

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 53 episodes

    9.0

    FABULOUS drama... kind of hinky & open to interpretation ending though. #YoureWarned

  • Prince of Lan Ling

    24. Prince of Lan Ling

    Chinese Drama - 2013, 46 episodes

    9.0
  • The Princess Wei Young

    25. The Princess Wei Young

    Chinese Drama - 2016, 54 episodes

    9.0

    lost count how many times I've watched this drama!!

  • My Journey to You

    26. My Journey to You

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 24 episodes

    9.0
  • General and I

    27. General and I

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 62 episodes

    8.5

    because ML ??? and great drama!

  • The Imperial Doctress

    28. The Imperial Doctress

    Chinese Drama - 2016, 50 episodes

    9.5

    CLASSIC. I have lottttts to say about the last third of this drama though and would love to have an in depth chat with others one day about all my issues. LOL

  • Legend of Lu Zhen

    29. Legend of Lu Zhen

    Chinese Drama - 2013, 59 episodes

    9.0

    CLASSIC. Fabulous characters, story, villains, romance, and more. A MUST watch.

  • The Cage of Love

    30. The Cage of Love

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 34 episodes

    8.0
  • Oh! My Emperor

    31. Oh! My Emperor

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 21 episodes

    8.5
  • Chronicle of Life

    32. Chronicle of Life

    Chinese Drama - 2016, 37 episodes

    8.0
  • Battle of Changsha

    33. Battle of Changsha

    Chinese Drama - 2014, 32 episodes

    8.5

    underrated drama! 

  • Cruel Romance

    34. Cruel Romance

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 40 episodes

    8.5
  • Rule the World

    35. Rule the World

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 45 episodes

    7.5

    love/hate relationship with this one!

  • Princess at Large

    36. Princess at Large

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 12 episodes

    8.5
  • Royal Nirvana

    37. Royal Nirvana

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 60 episodes

    8.0

    This one. Makes the list but you must be warned... the muther effin drama... it is HARD to get past all the angst, the FL being treated SO bad for 99% of the drama and the ML's friggin crying... but I still liked it? Something's wrong with me. Legit.

  • Royal Nirvana Special

    38. Royal Nirvana Special

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 12 episodes

    7.0

    but whyyyyyyyy ??? :(

  • The Love by Hypnotic

    39. The Love by Hypnotic

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 36 episodes

    8.0
  • Love and Redemption

    40. Love and Redemption

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 59 episodes

    7.5

    this one I enjoyed even though I sort of dislike the "FL can't feel/etc because she's been cursed/sealed/whatever" plot device where she runs around making naive mistakes as a result. Like in "Ashes of Love". 

  • Bloody Romance

    41. Bloody Romance

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 36 episodes

    8.0
  • The Journey of Flower

    42. The Journey of Flower

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 58 episodes

    9.0

    looooove this one. amazing story, acting, and even though the ending is a little "meh" for me... I still consider this one at the top of my "re-watchable" list!!!

  • Nothing Gold Can Stay

    43. Nothing Gold Can Stay

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 74 episodes

    8.5

    Wonderful drama. Just don't put your hopes in a happy (romantic) ending. Good ending. Just not great for the "romance". :)

  • Legend of Mi Yue

    44. Legend of Mi Yue

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 81 episodes

    9.0

    A classic. Lots of amazing actors & actresses who play their parts SO very well. While this could have been about 20 episodes shorter, I don't think I'd actually call this drama "drawn out" at all. Never ever was I bored or wanted to skip scenes. EPIC storytelling. Worth the watch.

  • The World of Love

    45. The World of Love

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 36 episodes

    8.5

    iQIYI subs on the first few episodes are sooooo bad. (BUT got a bit better in later episodes!) Just assume all the names are translated weird and you can do some guessing once the show gets going. It's not too bad after 12 or so episodes. Either that or I just got use to it. lol. I actually REALLY liked this drama. I wish it had better sub titles somewhere. It's a hidden gem for SURE.

  • Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace

    46. Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 87 episodes

    9.5

    avoided watching this slowly unfolding tragedy for a loooong time because I had an inkling of what I'd be getting into. I was right to put it off. This drama is a tragedy and filled with very very few "light" moments, if really, ANY. BUT this drama is a masterpiece & a must watch. 

  • The Sleepless Princess

    47. The Sleepless Princess

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 35 episodes

    8.0

    Adorable + fabulous chemistry between characters. Be SURE to watch the "special" ending if you need your HEA though....  SPECIAL ENDING

  • General's Lady

    48. General's Lady

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 30 episodes

    8.5

    super cute. love ALL the characters. LOTS of kisses & skinship. Awesome surprise!

  • Jiu Liu Overlord

    49. Jiu Liu Overlord

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 36 episodes

    8.5
  • One and Only

    50. One and Only

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 24 episodes

    9.0

    it's been a while since I've added to this list, but this drama deserves it! #tragedy warning though. 

  • Ancient Love Poetry

    51. Ancient Love Poetry

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 49 episodes

    9.0

    absolutely LOVED this Xianxia!

  • Ban Shu Legend

    52. Ban Shu Legend

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 42 episodes

    8.5

    cute and fluffy. FL is great. ML is okay. Everyone loves the 2ML but I found him unbearable, tbh. ^_^ Lots of "real" kisses after about ep 25? But take note that the "romance" doesn't even really begin until 21+ episodes in on this drama. 

  • Cuo Dian Yuan Yang

    53. Cuo Dian Yuan Yang

    Chinese Drama - 2012, 25 episodes

    9.0

    I watched this because I'm a HUGE fan of the FL.. and the drama is good!!

  • Desperate Love

    54. Desperate Love

    Chinese Drama - 2013, 41 episodes

    8.5
  • Goodbye My Princess: Director's Cut

    55. Goodbye My Princess: Director's Cut

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 55 episodes

    9.0

    soooo many mixed feelings on this drama!!!

  • Empresses in the Palace

    56. Empresses in the Palace

    Chinese Drama - 2012, 76 episodes

    9.0

    CLASSIC drama!!! 

  • Lost in 1949

    57. Lost in 1949

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 46 episodes

    9.0

    hidden GEM of a drama! ML is seriously a GREAT actor!

  • Love Better Than Immortality

    58. Love Better Than Immortality

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 40 episodes

    7.5
  • Love Story of Court Enemies

    59. Love Story of Court Enemies

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 25 episodes

    8.0
  • No Boundary

    60. No Boundary

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 32 episodes

    8.5
  • No Boundary Season 2

    61. No Boundary Season 2

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 20 episodes

    8.0
  • Oh! My Sweet Liar!

    62. Oh! My Sweet Liar!

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 29 episodes

    8.0
  • The Palace: The Lock Heart Jade

    63. The Palace: The Lock Heart Jade

    Chinese Drama - 2011, 39 episodes

    7.0

    meh 

  • Princess Silver

    64. Princess Silver

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 58 episodes

    8.0

    love/hate relationship with this one too! still love some parts and HATE others lol

  • Scarlet Heart

    65. Scarlet Heart

    Chinese Drama - 2011, 35 episodes

    9.0
  • The Legend of Dugu

    66. The Legend of Dugu

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 55 episodes

    8.0
  • The Moon Brightens for You

    67. The Moon Brightens for You

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 36 episodes

    8.0
  • Stand by Me

    68. Stand by Me

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 49 episodes

    8.0
  • Jun Jiu Ling

    69. Jun Jiu Ling

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 40 episodes

    9.0
  • The Disguiser

    70. The Disguiser

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 48 episodes

    9.0
  • Cinderella Chef

    71. Cinderella Chef

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 56 episodes

    7.5

    this drama had some obvious issues, but I enjoyed it for what it was ^_^

  • Royal Romance

    72. Royal Romance

    Chinese Drama - 2015, 59 episodes

    7.5
  • Novoland: Pearl Eclipse

    73. Novoland: Pearl Eclipse

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 48 episodes

    9.0

    really loved this one a lot!! Have to say I did NOT love the way the emperor's love life panned out though YUCK for his horrible behavior being glossed over here..

  • Untouchable Lovers

    74. Untouchable Lovers

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 54 episodes

    8.5
  • An Oriental Odyssey

    75. An Oriental Odyssey

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 50 episodes

    8.5
  • Introduction of the Princess

    76. Introduction of the Princess

    Chinese Drama - 2011, 44 episodes

    7.0

    yikes... watched and was okay but this drama is NOT rewatchable ever...

  • Legend of Fu Yao

    77. Legend of Fu Yao

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 66 episodes

    9.0

    classic!! 

  • Listening Snow Tower

    78. Listening Snow Tower

    Chinese Drama - 2019, 56 episodes

    8.0
  • Love In Han Yuan

    79. Love In Han Yuan

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 46 episodes

    8.0
  • Maiden Holmes

    80. Maiden Holmes

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 32 episodes

    8.0
  • The Heiress

    81. The Heiress

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 24 episodes

    8.0

    enjoyed this one a lot even though the comedy nearly made me cringe a bit too much

  • The Legend of Xiao Chuo

    82. The Legend of Xiao Chuo

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 48 episodes

    8.0

    such great acting and potential... fell short for me though

  • The Little Nyonya

    83. The Little Nyonya

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 45 episodes

    7.5
  • Wonderful Fate

    84. Wonderful Fate

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 16 episodes

    8.0
  • Hold On, My Lady

    85. Hold On, My Lady

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 12 episodes

    8.5

    light, fluffy, super short! 12 @ 15min episodes

  • The Queen of Attack

    86. The Queen of Attack

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 18 episodes

    8.5

    cute, fun watch... super short too! 

  • The Flowers Filled the Palace and Missed the Time

    87. The Flowers Filled the Palace and Missed the Time

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 22 episodes

    8.0

    TRAGEDY... not a bad watch though... just gets super tedious by the end

  • The Flowers Filled the Palace and Missed the Time Season 2

    88. The Flowers Filled the Palace and Missed the Time Season 2

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 28 episodes

    7.0

    only adding this because pt1 is on here... #TRAGEDY

  • Love & the Emperor

    89. Love & the Emperor

    Chinese Drama - 2020, 24 episodes

    7.5

    cute.... not my normal cup of tea but nice break from all the tragic storylines I'm usually attracted to ?

  • Lost Love in Times

    90. Lost Love in Times

    Chinese Drama - 2017, 56 episodes

    9.0
  • Ashes of Love

    91. Ashes of Love

    Chinese Drama - 2018, 63 episodes

    8.0

    Not going to lie... I love the last 30% of this drama more than the first 70%!!! I like it once everything goes to shit! 

  • The Autumn Ballad

    92. The Autumn Ballad

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 34 episodes

    8.0
  • The Long Ballad

    93. The Long Ballad

    Chinese Drama - 2021, 49 episodes

    9.0
  • Till the End of the Moon

    94. Till the End of the Moon

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 40 episodes

    8.5
  • City of Streamer

    95. City of Streamer

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 40 episodes

    8.0

    I really enjoyed this.. beautiful people, costumes, and decent storyline... but tbh I was kind of "over it" by episode 30. Definitely too drawn out and last 10 episodes lost focus on the leads, romance, etc... the story became singularly focused and didn't blend revenge, drama, romance, etc all together like it had in the earlier episodes. 

  • Love in Flames of War

    96. Love in Flames of War

    Chinese Drama - 2022, 43 episodes

    8.0
  • Royal Rumours

    97. Royal Rumours

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 24 episodes

    8.0

    cute/decent but not something I'd re-watch

  • My Uncanny Destiny

    98. My Uncanny Destiny

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 24 episodes

    8.5
  • Gone with the Rain

    99. Gone with the Rain

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 37 episodes

    7.5
  • The Legend of Anle

    100. The Legend of Anle

    Chinese Drama - 2023, 39 episodes

    8.0

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